Combine the Victorious has received their first review of the "Disagreements" ep in the Dec 2-17th issue of The Skinny Magazine.
Combine the Victorious
Disagreements EP (Boutique Empire)
by Nathan Pike
Isabelle Dunlop and Mark Henning, partners in both music and life, bring you a second collection of Combine the Victorious songs, this time in the form of an EP titled Disagreements. While a bit of a departure from their previous effort, they carry on with what they're good at and that is celebrating their art through a melting pot of emotive and sometimes gothic sounding music that is awash in keyboard manipulation and sonic textures that give it a well-polished sound.
Disagreements opens strongly with "Charmer", a dark instrumental pretending it came straight from the mid-80's UK pop songbook, complete with echo effect and sinister sounding bass line. From there we are taken through a collection of keyboard and vocal driven pop songs that are easy to digest and memorable in the best senses. Favourites include "Back In Style" which sounds a bit like Mother Mother with its vocal harmonizing and sanguine quality as well as closing track "Please", a big, guitar-laden rocker that rumbles in the chest and shows that much love and effort has gone into the recording of this latest outpouring of songs.
This may not be the EP of the year but it's still really good music that is worth a listen, and certainly earns a place in the 'regular rotation' pile of this kid's record colleciton.